Influence maximization (IM) is a challenging combinatorial optimization problem on (social) networks given a diffusion model and limited choice for initial seed nodes. In a recent paper an integer programming formalization of IM using the so-called deterministic linear threshold diffusion model was proposed. In fact, it is a special 0-1 linear program in which the objective is to maximize influence while minimizing the diffusion time. In this paper, by rigorous analysis, we show that the proposed algorithm can get stuck in locally optimal solution or cannot even start on certain input graphs. The identified problems are resolved by introducing further constraints which then leads to a correct algorithmic solution. Benchmarking results are shown to demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed method.
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